The musings, artwork and daily life of Leslie Doyle.
This is in fact an absurd example. One can assume safely that the pool-goers not protesting are not near the runners in question and that the lifeguard’s attention is focused when the whistle is blown and the command uttered.
The accusation against men who say “not me” are responding to blanket statements of “men are jerks because they do ‘x’ ” which seems to include all men in its circumference of guilt. What should be said is “men who do ‘x’ are jerks,” which narrows the circle down to a narrow spotlight on those who perform the guilty action (running by the pool in this case).
If you’re tired of dealing with “not me” statements, consider the language you’re using— it may have more to do with the reasons why there are protests than you think.
Oh look, a guy with a porn blog is here to mansplain us silly ladies about how “not all men.” Thanks for the tone-policing, broseph.
Okay so I grew up in a tourist town and the town’s economy heavily depends upon tourism, okay? And I’ve worked jobs in that town (because duh it’s my hometown) that required me to deal with said tourists.
Tourists don’t read signs. Tourists maybe do read signs, but somehow think they don’t apply to them. Like the guy who came in the exit “because the entrance was closed” THAT IS BECAUSE WE ARE NOT OPEN YET (hours clearly posted, it was 6:30 AM, omfg). Tourists are legend for asking questions like “at what altitude do deer turn into elk?” and “where are the mountains?” and so forth (hi it’s a small mountain town). Also, they don’t know how to drive. They don’t follow speed limits because they’re too busy ogling the mountains or doing whatever.
I’ve had tourists walk out into the middle of the street in front of me, while I’m driving a car, without looking, to take pictures.
Fucking tourists, man. They’re a fucking nightmare.
OH BUT WAIT IT’S NOT ALL TOURISTS. I am just venting and telling stories about the worst and most inconsiderate ones! I mean the good tourists, I don’t even really notice because they are fine and behave like reasonable people! But anyone from a tourist town knows EXACTLY what I am talking about when I start to complain about tourists.
It’s the same damn thing. If you’re not one of THOSE tourists, then you’re not who we’re complaining about. Although let’s be real anyone who’s been a tourist has probably done something foolish because you’re unfamiliar with the territory, and wow this analogy is really apt because the same thing goes for men too! It’s like when you’re unaware of something, say, patriarchal privilege or local customs, you are probably going to make mistakes sometimes that annoy, say, underprivileged people or locals!
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Learn where your privilege-unawareness is and become aware.
It’s totally not bad. Photomanipulation is a legit artform that requires a ton of skill and a lot of hard work. I’m impressed as hell by people who can do it well.
But in my experience, haters don’t think that way. They just want to take you down a notch, and “You traced!” is an easy way to do that. Which is stupid because any artist knows that tracing doesn’t replace skill.
As for people who misrepresent themselves? I understand it, but it’s still frustrating. I don’t know why people don’t just say what they do. If you smudge a photo, then just say it, you know? I don’t know why people are afraid of being proud of the work they do. Probably because society has us all brainwashed about what “real art” is supposed to be. We think talent is a magical thing that falls out of the sky at random instead of being something that an individual can earn—and therefore deserve. We don’t like to believe that other people deserve something if we can’t deserve it, too, you know?
That’s why misrepresenting yourself because you think one form of art is more legit than another makes life harder for all of us. Because you’re just widening that chasm. You’re just one more voice telling everyone that not all art is valid and that not everyone deserves to be able to make art or define art for themselves.
So we end up with more and more people who have unrealistic ideas of what art is supposed to look like. Which means you end up with more haters.
It’s a rotten cycle, and it shouldn’t be that way. Art isn’t exclusive.
As for defending myself, I don’t go out of my way because it’s not worth my time.Honestly, I think a lot of it goes back to grade school stigma. What’s one of the first admonitions of the kindergarten teacher? Color inside the lines. Why? The person who drew the coloring book left the background bushes and trees unfinished because they reached the edge of the paper. Real bushes and trees don’t fade into oblivion, do they? Lines aren’t reliable.
Another one I heard all through early elementary was, “Don’t scribble.” Scribble. A vague piece of advice if ever there was one. But if another kid saw you doing what they perceived as scribbling, they would pounce on you as if they’d caught you stealing milk money. I thought it was maybe just a quirk of the school I went to but my kids have mentioned it too. As far as I can tell, scribble just means coloring fast. Heaven forbid I don’t feel like taking my time filling in the big spaces…
So it goes. Somewhere in there, it becomes a sin to trace, yes, because some kids represent that as their own art, because kids are insecure. And because other kids are insecure, too, they pounce and take down the charlatan. But it is absolutely true that tracing isn’t drawing. I sometimes use tracing to help me work out proportion… I draw the subject first because, yeah, I’d prefer to just draw it right myself, then separately trace from the source because to be honest, even after years of drawing and study, I cannot get eyes in the right place. I even dreamed last night about a vampire who drew his self-portrait in burgundy wine colored pencil and I was looking at it thinking, “Huh, NO ONE can get the eyes right, can they?” Not making this up. So I trace and look at the trace lines and compare to my own drawing. A trace looks ridiculous on its own. The unexpected quirks of facial anatomy can’t be hidden in it. And I can usually figure out where I lost it and correct the original drawing.
What’s more, tracing your own work is almost essential, at least for me. I learned in one drawing class to draw the subject, then overlay tracing paper and make corrections until you have it the way you want it, then transfer and complete. It was like morning sunrise to me, learning that. And digital just makes that easier.
But yeah, why not just say it? How many people are popular artists using found objects or collage? Tracing to the right effect is no less valid. It’s not drawing, but it can be art.
Crap, I’m ranting again. I blame the head cold.
That was perfect, though.